You’ll see phone numbers for cabalgatas (horseback rides) everywhere; most accommodations can arrange these. Guides for walks around the area congregate at the tourist office. There are two excellent trekking outfitters in town, as well.
Festivals & Events
Tilcara celebrates several festivals during the year, the most notable of which, apart from Carnaval, is Enero Tilcareño, which features sports, music and cultural activities. Pachamama, an indigenous carnival in praise of Mother Earth, is alive with music, dance and evocative costumed processions through town.
There’s a huge variety of accommodations, with numerous upmarket boutique hotels and dozens of simple hostels, guesthouses and good-value rooms in private homes (the tourist office keeps a list of these). Book well ahead during the summer, and on weekends year-round.
As you may expect, there's a decent mix of Andean- and Spanish-inspired fare in Tilcara's kitchens. There are a few standouts, but otherwise the food is mostly average. Many local dining rooms have original art on the walls, which adds a colorful touch.
Drinking & Nightlife
Belgrano is the main drag for shopping and dining. On weekends you can usually find some action, but Tilcara is a sleepy town midweek.
Operators in town run trips around the Quebrada and Salinas Grandes. A recommended guide for the spectacular multiday trek to Parque Nacional Calilegua is Juan Pablo Maldonado.